[quote]Originally posted by sizzle chest:
Actually, there have been several machines between the 8600 and these next-next-next generation ones, that will run OSX. You could have purchased one of those. And if those aren't good enough, buy one of the new ones coming out in the next month or so.
There will ALWAYS be bleeding-edge, early design stage stuff we'll hear about, that's faster than anything we can actually buy. It doesn't mean the stuff we can buy isn't worth buying, just because the bleeding-edge stuff is coming eventually.</strong><hr></blockquote>
I'm in a better position than sc, since in addition to my 8600, I have an iBook 466. However, my 8600 is still my main machine, mainly due to screen size, so I feel for sc. My 8600 is going to be five years old, and I would love to have OS X on the desktop. And while there are many capable machines out there one could purchase, why not look instead at the logic of the situation?
As another poster opined, anyone who bought a G4 early on or at the half way point in its progression, they made a good purchase. The reason is the G4 didn't progress all that far - an increase of 500MHz with a loss of IPC efficiency. Now when I bought my 8600 to replace my Quadra 650, my 8600 had a more efficient processor with nearly ten times the clock speed. If Apple had made the same strides with the G4 that it made between my 650 and my 8600, we would have multi-GHz G4s right now.
Yet, as the MHz gap turned into a GHz gap, Mac users woke to the unfortunate truth that the G4 is woefully inadequate. Now IBM has just announced a chip that promises to blow the G4 away, a leap that should even dwarf the comparative difference between my 650 and 8600. Realize we're not simply talking about moving from a G4 @1000MHz to a G4 @1200MHz (which is probably all we'll get in the short term). We're talking instead about a huge leap in technology. The G4 has been holding Apple back; it will be dwarfed by this modern IBM chip. With this in mind, who could contemplate buying one of Apple's current desktop offerings? If Apple is going to use this new IBM line (and that's probably the only plausible inference to draw), then I'm waiting for the new POWER Macs, even if they're another year off or beyond.
[quote]Originally posted by tiramisubomb:
<strong>I don't think IBM will supply their Power4 chips for the Mac. The key issue here is the cost. Power requirements and heat dissipation will also lead to design problems.
I think you may have overlooked the basis of this particular thread.
From what we know now, I believe the IBM G5 is practically guaranteed.
[ 08-08-2002: Message edited by: Big Mac ]</p>